I learnt typing on the good-old typewriter.... Alas! it's nowhere to be seen now

@rajeshfgh (1627)
India
June 10, 2009 11:42am CST
I was just thinking about improving my typing speed that I just flashed my mind as to how did I learn typing in the first place. I learnt it on the typewriter, the machine on which there's a inverted letter imprint on each spoke which hits a black ribbon whenever a key is pressed. This impression of the ink on the paper would type the letter. I had a manual one and had to hit the keys really hard so that proper ink would get deposited on the paper and make it visible. I had learnt typing all by myself, with the help of a typing tutor book, which my mother had used for learning to type. At first it was very tiresome and I always used to forget those keys and make mistakes a lot. I had nearly quit in just a week, but somehow kept on going and I very grateful that I didn't stop. I am reaping it's benefits now and have a good speed at typing. In this age of computers, the typewriter is nowhere to be seen, but it's been my tutor and I can't forget it at all. I miss the typewriter a lot. Any one of you'll having a similar experience to mine...
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
10 Jun 09
I learned to type on a typewriter is school. The first year was one of the old manual ones where you had to strike the keys really hard. Then when I got to second year typing we got to use an electric typewriter. It seemed so exciting at the time. Then when you made a mistake you had to use that white correction tape. Oh and to make a copy we had to use that black paper stuff in between the sheets and ink would get all over the place. I was so excited when the school got their first computer and it was almost the size of a room! How farm we have come...
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@rajeshfgh (1627)
• India
10 Jun 09
I bet! I completely forgot about the correction part. We had that little white ink bottle which I used to apply on the wrong text, blow on it so that it dries fast, go back and strike the right key over the white ink, it was so exciting. Many times I would be lazy to apply the white ink and would just go back and strike off the letters with 'XXXX'. Yeah, I also used the carbon paper as you've mentioned. I used to come in two colors, black and purple. I liked the black one and used it over and over again till all the pigments on the carbon paper were eroded. Brings back very good memories....
@asliah (11149)
• Philippines
13 Mar 13
yes its true that we learned first to type with the used of type writer before but because computer arose people gradually dump their type writer,i still remember that me and my sister used this type writer in our project in journalism to create some news paper column.